I am enjoying a little rest and relaxation in Italy with my family. It is one of our favorite spots to visit. I hope all of you will get some time off in a favorite place before the summer ends.
Commencement exercises at the arena two weekend ago were a great success. Commencement is the culmination of everything we all work for and, of course, all the students have been working toward during their time with us. It is always a joy to congratulate them and wish them well and to see their families celebrating their accomplishments with them.
For the first time ever, we will have more than 1,000 graduate students on campus this summer. We have already passed that number, and we are still enrolling in some courses. This is great news as our strategic plan calls for focus on our graduate programs.
In other graduate program news, we had a lot of activity last night between well-attended information sessions in University Commons and the Martire Forum that focused on business, education and communications programs; an event in Curtis Hall that created a networking opportunity for students with cybersecurity professionals; and a mini film fest at the Avon Theatre in Stamford that was hosted by the FTMA program and showcased student films from this year’s class.
Students from Lucjan Orlowski’s economic and financial forecasting class recently presented the findings in their economic outlook report for the state of Connecticut during a program at the Martire Forum. Most of their discoveries indicate that Connecticut is lagging behind the rest of the country in recovery from the most recent recession. They focused on such areas as housing, labor, the state budget and the state’s financial sector.
Freshman orientation sessions will be taking place over the next few weeks. Thanks to the orientation leaders who are already on campus training for their important role. Please welcome our newest Pioneers and do everything possible to make this last visit before move-in a great one.
Before I close, congratulations are once again in order for some of our amazing students and faculty. First, I want to acknowledge the baseball team for winning the NEC championship. They are currently in Texas training for what they hope will be a first-ever NCAA tournament win for SHU baseball. The tournament is double elimination, so they are guaranteed two opportunities. The first comes tonight at 8:05 eastern against Texas Christian University. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3. All regional games will be televised on an ESPN network. Go Pioneers!
I also want to congratulate Kieran McGirl ’15, who is currently working as a producer for New England Sports Network. In the final episode of NESN’s Next Producer, Kieran was named the winner, along with three co-eds from Boston University. The teams split the $20,000 prize and all four were given jobs at NESN. Way to go, Kieran—and thanks to everyone in the SHU community who supported Kieran with votes for his outstanding film.
Congratulations to Ken Daly, III, who has been named Teacher of the Year for his school district of Wallingford. Ken is on track to complete his Educational Leadership - Administrative Certification program of study in June and will continue on for his 6th-Year Certificate of Advanced Studies in administration.
Finally, kudos to Edward Joyner, former associate professor of education here at SHU, who was recently sworn in by Elm City Communities/Housing Authority of New Haven as the newest member of its board of commissioners. He will be tasked with governance and policy development as a commissioner. We wish him success and great wisdom.
Have a great weekend!